By now you’re probably up on the fact that the Sedin brothers are good at hockey. If you’re not, well, take off the Chicago Blackhawks coloured blindfold.
The Sedins are my favourite players in the league, and I’m no Canucks fan.
They were damn close to winning back-to-back Hart Trophies. They took their team to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final last year. They’re accomplished, and we’re all well aware of that.
But what I love so much about them is that they’re doing what they’re doing entirely differently than any other superstars in the NHL, and differently than anyone I can ever remember watching play.
We tend to minimize what they do because oh, they’re those crazy-looking twins, they’re telepathic! Hahaha.
Of course, they’re not telepathic. They’re just insanely #%&!ing good and crazy smart.
Over the years, Alex Ovechkin has accomplished what he has with sheer power, pedal constantly to the floor. His fastball is better than yours, and he’s gonna bring it up and in. Skates hard, shoots hard, hits hard.
Sidney Crosby does it with golden hands, great vision and dogged determination. He is, through and through, a hockey player. He’s good at everything, and great at most things.
Datsyuk is unique like them, but Zetterberg is just flat-out good at hockey.
It’s having the two of them together that’s so petrifying.
The only other possible duo I can think of that thought the game in a unique way as the Sedins do at the same time would probably be Jari Kurri and Wayne Gretzky, but the I still think these two take the ”unique” factor to the next level.
When you kill penalties, you have certain rotations set up to defend whatever formation your opponent is using. All of these defensive techniques are based on the assumption that players go to certain spots and try to set up certain looks just because that’s what they’ve always done.
It’s almost always some variation of a guy on the wall, one on the goal line and one in front, or – gasp – an umbrella. Read the rest of this entry »